As you're packing, think twice about taking valuables with you. If they're not essential, they're probably better off left at home. This will also make for lighter bags, allowing you greater ease of movement which can deter potential thieves.
# Scan your passport and travel documents and e-mail them to yourself. That way, if your documents are lost or stolen you can easily access copies from your e-mail.
# Take your bank or credit card's international telephone number with you (the 1-800 numbers used in the United States don't work in Mexico).
# Leave a copy of your itinerary with someone at home, but don't share details of your travel plans with others you meet while traveling.
Buy a money belt (not a fanny pack) to carry your money and passport underneath your clothing.
Credit or debit cards are the most convenient way to access your money while traveling, but losing your card (or having it swallowed by a cash machine) can be a great inconvenience, so have a back-up plan. Take some travelers cheques (or a small amount of cash) just in case.
* Blend in as much as possible. Walking around with a camera around your neck and a guidebook in your hand advertises your tourist status and may make you a mark for thieves. Try to be discreet.
* Choose ATMs in malls or stores if possible. Avoid using ATMs at night or in deserted places. When you withdraw money from an ATM put it away immediately.
* Carry only the cash you need for the moment in your pocket or purse. Carry your passport, credit card and extra money inside your clothes in a money-belt, or leave them in your hotel's safe. When you need to get something out of your money belt do it in a private place.
* Exercise particular caution when in crowds, markets or on public transportation. Pickpockets can be very crafty and sometimes work in pairs - one person will distract you while another takes your wallet.
* Ask your hotel manager or another knowledgeable person if there are some areas of the city you should avoid.
In Mexico City you should avoid hailing cabs in the street. Ask your hotel to call a cab for you. They will take note of the number of the taxi and the driver's name. At the airport and bus stations in Mexico City and other major cities there are official taxis (Taxis Autorizados) that you should take.
The subway is the fastest way to move around the city, but pickpockets work it most at rush hours when they can get up close to people standing. It's safer when you can get a seat.
Below are some costs I came across a while back. I believe they may be a country average, so Mexico City is probably higher.
Half gallon of milk: U.S. = $1.61, Mexico = $1.35
One pound of butter: U.S. = $3.39, Mexico = $1.79
Package of Tortillas: U.S. = $1.79, Mexico = $.59
6-pack of Corona: U.S. = $12.00, Mexico = $4.30
One pound of cheddar cheese: U.S. = $4.99, Mexico = $2.24
One pound of baking potatoes: U.S. = $.99, Mexico = $.47
One bottle of cooking oil: U.S. = $3.49, Mexico = $1.48
One head of lettuce: U.S. = $1.49, Mexico = $.44
One pound of apples: U.S. = $1.05, Mexico = $.81
One pound of bananas: U.S. = $.50, Mexico = $.28
Whole chicken per pound: U.S. = $.99, Mexico = $.81
Can of tuna: U.S. = $1.69, Mexico = $.56
Dozen eggs: U.S. = $1.06, Mexico = $1.08
Nescafe coffee, 7 ounces: U.S. = $6.95, Mexico = $3.41
Quart of 20w50 Quaker State Oil: U.S. = $1.48, Mexico = $2.49
Bottle of shampoo: U.S. = $5.49, Mexico = $1.93
1 roll of Charmin Toilet Paper, 133': U.S. = $.89, Mexico = $2.31
Bottle of 100 aspirin: U.S. = $6.00, Mexico = $1.44
Bar of soap: U.S. = $1.00, Mexico = $.54
Dell computer, no frills: U.S. = $875.00, Mexico = $1019.00
Month's rent for 3/1 in working class neighborhood: U.S. = $654.00, Mexico = $125.00
Washing machine: U.S. = $360.00, Mexico = $557.00
Refrigerator: U.S. = $399.00, Mexico = $501.00
Stove w/4 burners and oven: U.S. = $449.00, Mexico = $603.00
Panasonic 20 inch television: U.S. = $160.00, Mexico = $222.00
Sony CD player with AM/FM radio: U.S. = $60.00, Mexico = $89.00
Pair of Sandals: U.S. = $10.00, Mexico = $9.00
3 pair socks: U.S. = $3.99, Mexico = $2.69
Pair of Old Navy jeans: U.S. = $25.00, Mexico = $20.00
Short sleeved man's shirt: U.S. = $12.99, Mexico = $14.35
Kid's Air Nike shoes: U.S. = $39.99, Mexico = $17.85
Ticket to a movie: U.S. = $8.50, Mexico = $3.40
Lunch at fast food place: U.S. = $4.48, Mexico = $4.57
· 1 decade ago